WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dice /daɪs/USA pronunciation
n.pl., sing. die, v., diced, dic•ing. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
v. [~ + object]
- Games small cubes, marked on each side with one to six spots, used in games or gambling:[plural]We rolled the dice and I had a ten.
- Games any of various games, esp. gambling games, played by shaking and throwing such cubes:[uncountable]a game of dice.
- to cut into small cubes:Dice the vegetables.
- Idiomsno dice:
- of no use;
ineffective:We tried to reach you, but it was no dice.
- (used to answer "no'' to a request):"Could you lend me $500?'' —"Sorry, no dice!''
(dīs),USA pronunciation n.pl., sing. die, v., diced, dic•ing. n.
- Gamessmall cubes of plastic, ivory, bone, or wood, marked on each side with one to six spots, usually used in pairs in games of chance or in gambling.
- GamesSee poker dice.
- Gamesany of various games, esp. gambling games, played by shaking and throwing from two to six dice or poker dice onto a flat surface. Cf. craps.
- any small cubes.
- Sport[Auto Racing.]a jockeying for lead position between two or more drivers in which tactics are used to pass or keep from being passed.
- Idiomsno dice, [Informal.]of no use or help;
- to cut into small cubes.
- to decorate with cubelike figures.
- Gamesto lose by gambling with dice (often fol. by away).
- to play at dice.
- Gamesto cause or bring about by gambling with dice.
- Sport[Auto Racing.]to duel with another car or cars in a dice.
- Old French de(i)z, dés (plural); see die2
- Middle English dees, dis, dyce (singular and plural), dyces (plural) 1300–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dice /daɪs/ pl n
- cubes of wood, plastic, etc, each of whose sides has a different number of spots (1 to 6), used in games of chance and in gambling to give random numbers
Also called: die (functioning as singular) one of these cubes
- small cubes as of vegetables, chopped meat, etc
- no dice ⇒ slang chiefly US Canadian an expression of refusal or rejection
Etymology: 14th Century: plural of die²ˈdicer n
- to cut (food, etc) into small cubes
- (intransitive) to gamble with or play at a game involving dice
- (intransitive) to take a chance or risk (esp in the phrase dice with death)
- (transitive) Austral informal to abandon or reject
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